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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Nov 24, 2009 4:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: and again i turn to the higher powers!!!!!!!!

when doing a disk defrag should i also be choosing to defrag my external hard drive as well! it shows it to be an option . i have one of those 1TB MY BOOKS!???

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Poster: deadmax Date: Nov 24, 2009 5:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: and again i turn to the higher powers!!!!!!!!

Not if your external is just for data and you don't move stuff around and delete on a daily basis. I would do the "analyze" to see if it needs it. Defrag is mainly for System Partitions (ie, the C:> drive) because of all the activity it incurs in daily/hourly use.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Nov 24, 2009 6:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: and again i turn to the higher powers!!!!!!!!

thx ned and max....

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Poster: ned the head Date: Nov 24, 2009 4:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: and again i turn to the higher powers!!!!!!!!

I did defrag a few weeks back. My computer is over five years old and it had never been done. About seventy five percent of the hard drive is filled. I uninstalled a bunch of programs I don't use as a preparation. But man did I have trepidations, you can screw something up doing this so I made sure to set a new restore point. So I go to do it and it says it doesn't need to be done. A friend says it's probably because I haven't downloaded tons of programs and then uninstalled them.
As I understand the purpose of defrag is to re-order the information. I wouldn't do it to the external. It's all Dead shows? The way everybody worries about external failures I wouldn't touch it.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Nov 24, 2009 8:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: and again i turn to the higher powers!!!!!!!!

2 free tools you should have...

Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser/

Use that to wipe the free space on your drives.

Auslogics Disk Defrag
http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag